Is there a keyboard shortcut in Gmail which fully returns focus to the message list? The help short cut (?) shows a comma , as "Move focus to toolbar", but when I move it there, I can't get it back without clicking with the mouse.

Similarly, I sometimes get focus placed on the menu of other Google services at the top of the page.

In each of these situations, the indicator of the current message moves around with j or k, but if I hit enter, it does not open the message.


Use u to return to the message list. Also, ESC usually removes focus from toolbars, menus and similar which should make Enter work again - but also closes any open Gtalk dialogs. Otherwise just use o to open a message.

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  • u doesn't work, but Esc works for me (Chrome on Mac OS). – Alex Dec 15 '11 at 16:12
  • Aha, Esc works! Accepted. – Doug Harris Dec 15 '11 at 20:41

Use o to open the current message while the focus is in the toolbar.

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  • That works, but doesn't help me open a message with the enter key. – Doug Harris Dec 15 '11 at 20:42

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